Early childhood risk; early childhood education;
Head Start; child maltreatment and family violence
John Fantuzzo analyses public and private data to better understand student experiences in and out of school, including factors likely to put children at risk, and policies that can build resilience. He is a pioneer in the use of comprehensive state and local integrated data systems for research and planning . He is a renowned expert in early childhood development, conducting major reviews of state and federal early childhood programs, including Head Start. His knowledge is sought by policy makers at every level of government, including the White House. Fantuzzo has received major grant funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the National Institute Child Health and Human Development. He directs the Penn Child Research Center at Penn GSE, and is the co-director of the national Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy Network.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”